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Pair charged, officer injured during West Seneca traffic stop

Two people were arrested and a police officer was injured following a traffic stop Saturday in West Seneca.

An officer pulled over a speeding vehicle at about 4 a.m. on Seneca Street because the driver, Eric J. Luman, was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone, West Seneca police said. Luman, 24, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

As police were arresting Luman and notifying a passenger that the vehicle was going to be impounded, the passenger became disorderly, according to police. Brittany N. Arvello, 21, was charged with disorderly conduct.

As Arvello was being arrested, Luman "became irate," police said, and tried smashing the window of the patrol vehicle. There was a struggle with officers, who were trying to put leg restraints on him, and one of the officers sustained a cut to his face. The officer remained on duty.

Luman, who refused a breath test at the police station, was also charged with second-degree attempted assault on a police officer, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, police said.

Both Luman and Arvello have upcoming dates in West Seneca Town Court.

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